Thursday, April 24, 2008

Flowers for Lacy

I was recently with my sister-in-law and mother-in-law as they were ordering flowers for an upcoming wedding :) Instead of using a traditional florist they are going to order wholesale and have a friend assemble the flowers. The price difference is astounding- $.59 a rose compared to $9 a rose. But Lacy then wondered are the wholesale prices coming at a detriment to the workers in South America. A point was made that the workers are probably being treated the same from this company or from a traditional florist- the florists probably order from this site, but thats not the point. And thats not the point Lacy was trying to make. So it got me wondering about fair trade flowers...

Fair Trade Certified Flowers do the following: "The Fair Trade Certified label on your bouquet means that flower workers, most of whom are women, can put food on their tables, send their children to school, invest in community development, and use sustainable farming methods." There is more extensive list on the benefits or "just" qualities of Fair Trade Flowers at:

So where can you buy Fair Trade Certified Flowers?

Online Retailers

1-800 Flowers Online

Organic Bouquet

Sam's Club Online

Supermarkets Near You

GIANT Food Stores


New Season's Market

Roche Brothers


Whole Foods

A book Ross and I were reading recently said something to the effect of, "we shop looking for the best deal for us and our family but what if we put others first in our purchases." Although we can't see the impact of our purchases immediately, buying fair trade puts others first. And guess what- It's Not About Me!

1 comment:

Lacy Adair said...

thanks for doing this kate...